JENNIFER & JURGEN FISCHER
Jennifer started training dogs in 2002 when she adopted a GSD mix from the SPCA. She was introduced to the sport of Schutzhund in 2003 by Pando Stepanis and the Saugeen Schutzhund Club, and since then she has fallen in love with the breed and the sport.
Jennifer and her husband Jürgen currently own 10 GSD's. Jennifer titled her first dog Duke from 8 weeks to SchH3 and KKL.
Jennifer has shown Alpha (SchH3, IPO3) at the World level competing for Team Canada as well as National and Regional level. Also she has shown ‘Annie’ to the World level as well, and competed for Team Canada at the WUSV Universal Sieger in 2016 and 2017 in Germany and Austria. Where they came in 10th place.
Currently she is training her two young males 'Odin' with IPO3, V, KKL who she plans to show at the International level and his younger brother 'Bosco' who will trial for an IPO2 in 2017, with hopes to go to Nationals in 2018.
Jennifer is also in the GSSCC judging Apprenticeship program, with hopes to be a full probationary judge by the end of 2018.
Jennifer and Jürgen are founding members of the Wainfleet Working Dog Club.
Jürgen has been surrounded by these beautiful creatures since his childhood in the 1970’s, in his native City Augsburg, Germany. The opportunity presented itself to make his childhood dream turn into a reality upon immigrating to Canada in 2005, and settling into the beautiful Niagara region, whereby he could seriously dedicate himself to training and breeding German Shepherd Dogs.
Jürgen did very well with "Xena z Burlington" in Schutzhund. He titled her to ScHH3 in a relatively short time, and participated with her in Competition trials in Canada and US. In 2009 He imported a male pup Ivo von der Daelenberghutte, which he trained and titled him in 1.5 years to SchH3. They won the 2011 the Canadian Nationals in SchH1 and in 2012 the Ontario Regionals in SchH3/IPO 3, as well the 5th place at the Canadian Championships with the highest protection score.
We look forward to future acquisitions as we have established versatile contacts in Belgium, Germany, Czech and Slovak Republics for some of the most prestigious German Shepherds in the world, as well as contacts here in Ontario. Being fluent in the German and Czechoslovakian languages is helpful throughout the process in translation and communication for anyone requiring this service.
It can sometimes become a heated debate when breeders begin discussing whether dogs should be titled before breeding. Some owners and breeders feel very strongly that all GSDs should be titled before breeding, while others may not feel this is necessary.
If you look at the dogs that are successful in various areas of work such as police work, SAR and working dog sports like Schutzhund, these dogs usually come from a pedigree packed full of titled dogs. This is not a fluke. When you evaluate and test for certain traits (such as working ability), it is easier to maintain that generation after generation. If you do not test and select for these qualities, you will lose them.
Some will claim that a title does not change the dog and is not important for various reasons. However, it is not just the title that is important. It is the process of achieving the title. By taking the time and effort to train and title your dog, you are able to learn more about what your dog is capable of and what traits she possesses. When you have this information, you are then able to make better breeding decisions. If you do not go through the training/titling process, you will not have the knowledge of your dog’s weaknesses and strong points when it comes time to breed her. While there are some breeders who try to cheat the system, it does not happen as often as some may lead you to believe. It is what you make of it. If you use the system to your advantage and work your dog, trial your dog, use the process to help you evaluate your dog and make breeding decisions then you will see the benefits of it.
If you try to cheat the system and slide by, then you will only be cheating yourself and the breed.
What is Schutzhund and IPO? (by Kim Downing)
The origins of all training, such as Schutzhund or IPO, are based in Germany. These training tests were developed as a primary method of producing top level German Shepherd Dogs. They were geared to identify suitability of individual dogs for work in several formats:
Stamina and endurance
Temperament and nerves (how well the dog handles stress)
Desire to Work
The founder of our German Shepherd Dog breed, Max von Stephanitz, believed that these tests were necessary to continue to produce dogs of the highest level of working ability and to weed out those that couldn’t handle it from the gene pool.
Schutzhund and IPO
In today’s modern format, there is virtually no difference between Schutzhund and IPO. Both were developed for the same purpose. IPO is the International standard, and at one time had a different set of rules as determined by the governing body of FCI. Following rule changes in 2004, where the SV (via the VDH, all breed Kennel Club of Germany) began conforming to FCI rules for Schutzhund, the standards are virtually the same.
German Shepherds seem to dominate many of the Schutzhund shows although a wider variety of breeds can participate and often do in IPO shows. Any breed can technically be trained in Schutzhund work, but as any trainer knows, not all individual dogs and not all dog breeds are suitable for this work. It truly is a test of a dog and requires a high level of ability in several areas.
What are the Components of Training and Trialing?
The public often has a misconception about what this type of training is. They often see photos of dogs doing bite work and see an aggressive and potentially dangerous animal. What they don’t know is how well controlled these dogs must be. As opposed to some police dogs and personal protection dogs that don’t require quite as much provocation, Schutzhund dogs are required to be tightly trained and as a general rule are quite safe in the public. Most people are actually astonished when they meet one! They also frequently don’t realize that training is comprised of three areas with protection work only being one of those areas.
The elements of Schutzhund work are:
Obedience: The obedience work is of a high level that is designed to test the dog’s intelligence, desire to work and please its handler, its ability to take directions from its handler, and its ability to work under stress (heeling around other people, during noises like gunshots, etc.) The obedience work includes heeling work, retrieval work (including over an A-frame obstacle), recalls, send outs, stay, along with position related work such as sit and down. It is important that the dog be a happy worker and interested in what he is doing.
Tracking: The depth of difficulty differs based on the title being worked towards, but tracking is all about testing a dog’s ability to not only scent but also about his ability to stay focused enough to follow the scent without distraction or frustration. It is also a test of how confident a dog is and how well he works in front of his handler. Tracking is not something that a dog can ask you to hold his hand during! The dog will be required to properly identify articles (by alerting in some fashion such as lying down on or near the object) to his handler that have been left on the track by the track layer.
Protection: This is the most misunderstood of the three phases of training and is normally the one the general public focuses on. During training and trialing, there must be a ‘helper’ to do protection work. A helper is the person that will be wearing the padded bite sleeve. This person will also be concealed behind a blind and at more than point during the test will either attempt to escape or pretend to threaten/attack the dog or handler. Initially the dog is required to locate the helper when he is hidden and hold him there for the handler. When the helper attempts to escape or threatens the dog or handler, the dog is to actively apprehend the helper by biting the bite sleeve. A dog must be confident enough and strong enough mentally to handle this work, but he must also be sensitive to handler commands and release the sleeve when requested. It is hard to call a dog off when he is working at a high, excited level (or in high drive mode) so it is imperative that he is trained well enough and is responsive to handler commands.
It is important to note that temperament is a very important aspect in all levels. There are multiple things that are integrated into the testing for evaluating temperament. If a dog cannot pass these elements (by showing fear, nervousness, extreme aggression, sound reactivity, weaker nerves, etc.) he will not be able to pass a test.
What are the Levels of Titling?
There are multiple levels of titles that represent progressively harder levels of work. For each title, there are 300 points available (100 points in each of the three components of obedience, tracking, and protection work). In order to title, a dog must successfully acquire at least 70 points (70%) in tracking and obedience and at least 80 points (80%) in protection. Of course the goal is to score as highly as one can!
Here is how titles breakdown:
SchH 1/VPG 1/ IPO 1: Beginning level of Schutzhund (obedience, tracking, and protection)
SchH 2/ VPG 2/ IPO 2: Intermediate level of Schutzhund (obedience, tracking, and protection)
SchH 3/ VPG 3/ IPO 3: Advanced level of Schutzhund (obedience, tracking, and protection)
A few additional titles that might be obtained:
FH: Advanced tracking work
BH: This is a first level for everything else. It is to test obedience and traffic sureness.
WH: This is a watchdog test for alertness.
AD: This is an endurance test to test a dog’s physical ability and stamina.
SchH A: This is only obedience and protection work.
Dogs should be 15 months old for BH testing, 16 months old for FH and AD testing, 18 months old for SchH A and SchH1, 19 months old for SchH2 and lastly, 20 months old for SchH3.